Sunday, November 28, 2010

28th November 2010 - Who's made a mark this week?

Colour Wheels discussed in "Color and Light" by James Gurney (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
The three big events that occurred this last week were Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the arrival of my review copy of Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney.

I'm finding that the first two are beginning to have an impact more and more on this side of the pond.  In the context of Black Friday, have you been working hard and gearing your artwork up to being ready for gift-giving?  If so you'll be interested in the new Making A Mark Poll for December which will start this week

You can find links to reviews of James book below.

NEXT WEEK I'm focusing on who's got 2011 calendars of their artwork available - do leave a comment if you want to make sure you get a mention.

Art Blogs

Drawing and sketching
Coloured Pencils and Pastels
Illustration and Fantasy Art
Wildlife and animal art
Art Business and Marketing
Art and the Economy / Art Markets / Art Collectors
By investing in artists through six-figure advances that stretch over two or three years, AVA gives them the space, time and resources to create art that might not otherwise see the light of day. Its approach challenges the traditional way in which art changes hands, with dealers taking up to 70% of their sale prices and little left with which to pay for materials, studios and living expenses.
For collectors, it is the equivalent of spotting the rare ivory gull or Bicknell's thrush: the chance to own an original copy of John James Audubon's "Birds of America.".......Sotheby's has valued the book at about $6.2 million to $9.3 million, making it one of the most expensive books ever sold at auction.

Art Education / workshops / tips and techniques
Tutorials, tips and techniques

Art Exhibitions and Art Fairs

  • On Tuesday I listed all the major Art Exhibitions in London - Autumn/Winter 2010 relating to either major museums and art galleries and/or national art societies
  • REVIEW: Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2010 which closed on Friday.  It's now moving to W. H. Patterson Gallery in Mayfair (19 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BB) until 3rd December.  I'm impressed by this additional venue and it certainly adds clout to the importance of this art prize.
  • I went to see the Bridget Riley exhibition on Friday afternoon - not a lot of work but what there is very impressive.  Here's a review by the Telegraph - Bridget Riley, National Gallery, review
  • I also saw the Annual Exhibition of the New English Art Club - a review of which will be posted shortly.
Art Galleries and Museums

Art Studios
Art Supplies
  • Leslie Hawes has been creating a sketchbook cover for her project for next year- see Sketchbook Project 2011 Cover Art.  This itemises products she's using to seal the use of coloured pencil for the cover artwork.  I've decided to create a resource about different sorts of fixatives for people working n dry media - as it's a perennial issue in terms of what's available and what's best.  If you have a favourite do let me know.
Book Reviews
This week I'm going to be writing my review of Color and Light which published tomorrow. I'm still extraordinarily chuffed by the reference this blog got in the book - and my pictorial dedication in the front of my review copy  - see "Color and Light" and Making a Mark

In the meantime here are all the other reviews from people the advantage of living in the same country as James!
James Gurney hits it out of the park again with his new art instruction book Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. 
I have to tell you you MUST get this book. This book is like nothing written on color before. Most books I have read on color are hard to understand and harder still to apply to your art. James has really sorted it out from a painters perspective AND explained the science of color too.
  • Last week there was an important decision for rights-holders, underlining their right to have their creative works protected against illegal exploitation and to be fairly rewarded for their endeavours.  The Court of Appeals in Sweden this afternoon upheld the criminal convictions for copyright infringement against three of the individuals in The Pirate Bay case.  The Court of Appeal has also increased the amount of damages payable to 46 million SEK  (up from 32m SEK).  
  • On 18th November, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved legislation to provide the Justice Department with new tools to crack down on the theft and distribution of illegal digital movies, television shows and other counterfeit material by rogue websites on the Internet.  (See Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Crack Down on Digital Theft by Rogue Websites)
Opinion Poll

The Making A Mark Poll for November will finish very early on Tuesday and the results posted later that day.  Thanks to all those who have participated.  If you haven't yet voted for What price is affordable art? you can still do so - the poll is in the right hand column with separate polls for USA($) and UK(£) values.  Hopefully the information will help you with pricing for your sales of artwork in the next few weeks.
    Websites, webware and blogging
    • Have you tried Google realtime search?  It lets you see up-to-the-second social updates, news articles and blog posts about hot topics around the world.  Ypu can acces it via the updates tab in the Google menu of options.

    and finally........

    What Does Your Website’s Color Scheme Reveal About You?
      This inviting color has found a new home among “web 2.0” style sites and apps, where it’s often combined with a vivid green, orange or purple to create a new style all its own.

      Likewise, people who use teal on their site tend to be inviting, charming and amazingly creative. They might seem cool and confident on the surface, but inside, their minds are going ninety miles a minute churning up new ideas and questions.
      That'll be me then! ;)


      1. I am tremendously honored to have all of these wonderful mentions and links appear in your post, "28th November 2010-Who's made a mark this week?"
        Concerning fixative products for dry media, I have done no serious experimenting, and have long used Krylon 'Crystal Clear', which is a spray acrylic coating.
        My choice of Crystal Clear was based on the product claim that it was suitable for photographs and paper, and that it was "non-yellowing".
        I believe the "non-yellowing" claim to be relative, and have seen a small degree of yellowing on the white edge parts of art done on white Strathmore Illustration Board some 15 years ago.
        Crystal Clear does alter work done on darker colored papers by slightly darkening the paper itself, and mildly intensifying the colored pencil colors. A heavy hand on the fixative can really darken colors and paper, as can multiple layers of fixative.
        I have never used a 'workable' fixative, and have used, but don't care for, a 'matte' finish fixative.
        I am looking forward to hearing what other artists use, as the 'fixing' part of their dry media process.
        Thanks again, Katherine, for the links and for including me in your great blog!

      2. Thanks for including me in your blog! It's always an honor! I enjoyed today's post about pricing as well. Must have taken a long time to get all that research done. Thanks for all you do Katherine!


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